England's Glorious Revolution, 1688-1689: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

England's Glorious Revolution, 1688-1689: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

by Steven C. A. Pincus
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England's Glorious Revolution, 1688-1689: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

England's Glorious Revolution is a fresh and engaging examination of the Revolution of 1688–1689, when the English people rose up and deposed King James II, placing William III and Mary II on the throne. Steven Pincus's introduction explains the context of the revolution, why these events were so stunning to contemporaries, and how the profound changes in political, economic, and foreign policies that ensued make it the first modern revolution. This volume offers 40 documents from a wide array of sources and perspectives including memoirs, letters, diary entries, political tracts, pamphlets, and newspaper accounts, many of which are not widely available. Document headnotes, questions for consideration, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and an index provide further pedagogical support.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312167141
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 10/07/2005
Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

STEVEN C. A. PINCUS(Ph.D., Harvard University) is professor of history at Yale University. He is the author of Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668 (1996), as well as numerous essays on the cultural, political, and intellectual history of early modern Britain, and he is the coeditor of A Nation Transformed? England after the Restoration with Alan Craig Houston and of the forthcoming collection The Public Sphere in Early Modern England with Peter Lake.

Table of Contents

A Note about the Text

English Economy and Society in 1685
English Politics in 1685
Revolution in Politics
Revolution in Foreign Policy
Revolution in Political Economy
Revolution in the Church
Interpreting the Revolution of 1688–89
The First Modern Revolution

The Revolution of 1688–89
1. Invitation of the Seven to the Prince of Orange, June 30, 1688
2. William III, The Declaration, October 1688
3. Francis Barrington and Benjamin Steele, A Letter Describing the Revolution to Thomas Goodwin and Kinnard Delabere, January 11, 1689
4. Lord Delamere, Reasons Why the King Ran Away, 1690s
5. Colley Cibber, Memoir of the Revolution, 1740

The Eighteenth Century Debate
6. Richard Price, A Celebration of the Revolution of 1688–89, November 4, 1789
7. Edmund Burke, The Significance of the Revolution of 1688–89, 1790

Social and Economic Background
8. The Growing Social and Political Importance of Foreign Trade, 1685
9. Guy Miege, Social Life in Late-Seventeenth-Century England, 1691
10. The Effects of the New Long-Distance Trades, 1695
11. The Rise of the Coffeehouse, 1675

Revolution in Politics
12. The Declaration of Rights, February 29, 1689
13. Thomas Cartwright, A Defense of James II's View of the Constitution, February 1686
14. Gilbert Burnet, A Defense of the Williamite View of the Constitution, 1688

Revolution in Foreign Policy
15. Court Memorandum on Foreign Affairs, August 2, 1686
16. Catholic Court Memorandum, November 9, 1686
17. Arnoud Van Citters, Reports of Growing Anti-Dutch Hysteria, January 24 and February 3, 1688
18. Roger Morrice, War against the Dutch Republic as an Inevitability, February 4, 1688
19. James II, Thoughts on the Revolution, 1690s
20. Anti-Dutch Propaganda, 1688
21. John Evelyn, Diary Entries concerning France, 1683–1684
22. An Anti-French Tract, 1686
23. Call for War against France, April 19, 1689
24. James Wellwood, Newspaper Account of Public Animosity toward France, October 30, 1689

Revolution in Political Economy
25. Establishing Principles of Trade in East India Company v. Sandys, 1685
26. Josiah Child, A Tory's Thoughts on Political Economy, 1681
27. Carew Reynell, A Whig View of Foreign Trade, 1685
28. An Early Defense of the Bank of England, 1694
29. Slingsby Bethel, A Whig View of Trade and Geopolitics, 1680

Revolution in the Church
30. George Hickes, Criticism of Religious Nonconformity, 1685
31. Gilbert Burnet, Divisions within the Church, 1713
32. James II's Declaration of Indulgence, April 4, 1687
33. James Johnston,Letters regarding Nonconformist Opinion, 1687
34. Roger Morrice, A Londoner's View of Nonconformist Sentimen, October 29, 1687
35. Catholic Attitudes toward the Religious Policies of James II, January 12, 1688
36. James Wellwood, Treatment of Catholics after the Revolution, July 3, 1689

Roger L'Estrange and John Locke as Case Study
37. Roger L'Estrange, The Case for Royal Power, 1681–1683
38. Roger L'Estrange, The Economics of Fisheries, 1674
39. John Locke, A Defense of Toleration, 1689
40. John Locke, Treatises on Political and Economic Arrangments, 1689

A Chronology of the Origins and Consequences of the Glorious Revolution (1649–1694)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


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